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Hospitality from the heart: Duluth restaurant features Afghan cuisine

Ariana Kabob House features the culture and cuisine of Afghanistan

DULUTH, Ga. — With dozens of the world’s cuisines represented across metro Atlanta, Duluth’s Ariana Kabob House offers a chance to experience both the flavor and culture of Afghanistan. 

“They hear about the war,” Zia Safi said, “but we can show the culture to the American people.”

“How does this dish represent Afghanistan?”

“The qabali palau is the main dish in Afghanistan. If you go to somebody’s house, they’re make qabali palau for you,” Safi explained. “The raisins, carrots, almonds: this is called qabali. And the rice is called palau.”

Such traditional dishes come the Afghan tradition of hospitality, according to Safi.

“Afghanistan’s people are very respectful people, and if you go in Afghan people’s house, they will be very respectful,” Safi, who is happy to represent his country's cuisine, said. “Hospitality is very, very good. They do it from the heart.”

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